- Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2020

BELLE ISLE, Fla. (AP) - The family of a 50-year-old central Florida mother who went missing last month is thanking volunteers who looked for her after police announced Saturday that they found a body in her sports utility vehicle at the bottom of a retention pond.

Stephanie Hollingsworth’s family is waiting on authorities to identify the body.

The license plate on the vehicle matches the one on Hollingsworth’s champagne-colored Chevy Tahoe, which was discovered in the pond during a drone search by searchers who were working with her family, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The Orlando Police Department said in a statement Sunday that “identifying any deceased individual is a meticulous process that can take some time.”

Hollingsworth’s husband, Scott Hollingsworth, posted on a Facebook group, “Searching for Stephanie Hollingsworth Official,” thanking volunteers for all their help.

“I want to thank everyone for your loving efforts in our search to find Stephanie,” the statement said. “Right now we are processing and absorbing the latest developments.”

Hollingsworth went missing Sept. 25. The mother of three boys was last seen on surveillance video at a Walmart store.

Last week, Belle Isle Police Department Chief Laura Houston officially ruled out Hollingsworth’s husband and other relatives as being persons of interest in the investigation, the Sentinel reported.

Her husband had told investigators he thought his wife was running errands the day she went missing but he got worried when she didn’t come home that night.

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